Goethe's Major Plays

Goethe's Major Plays

Goethe's Major Plays

Goethe's Major Plays

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Anyone wishing to write a book on Goethe's plays is faced by two main alternatives. It could be made a study of all Goethe's writings for the theatre, including major and minor, important and ephemeral, works, and covering along with the straight plays the monodramas, Singspiele, Festspiele, &c., which he wrote frequently for special occasions in the Weimar calendar. Or one can concentrate on those plays, few by comparison with the large miscellaneous output, which take their place amongst Goethe's most significant works. There is certainly room for an authoritative study of the former kind. But it would be a very mixed sort of book, some of it interesting and important for criticism, and some, possibly the major part, interesting and important for quite different reasons, including reasons of history, biography, history of the theatre, history of the Weimar theatre, and history of spectacle and mixed theatre forms.

I have chosen the second alternative, the major plays. It provides a simpler and more homogeneous purpose, and it has the advantage of being more suitable for an audience of English students, for whom this book is in the first place intended.

Certain problems of selection still remained, and the choice depended finally on my point of view. I have defined the subject in my own mind as Goethe and the drama, and tried to analyse his play-writing as an . . .

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